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Industry Foods
Founded 1869
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Products Canned food
NTC Marketing
Seneca Foods
Tequesta Foods
1898 advertisement showing the trapezoidal can of Libby, McNeill & Libby's canned corned beef
Libby, McNeill & Libby salmon fishing vessel, 1918

Libby's is an American food company known for its canned food.


The company was founded as Libby, McNeill & Libby in Chicago, Illinois, by Archibald McNeill and the brothers Arthur and Charles Libby. The business began with a canned meat product, beef in brine, or corned beef. It became well-known when it began to package the meat in a trapezoid-shaped can starting in 1875.[1]

By 1880, it had 1,500 employees in Chicago,[2] and by the turn of the century there were about 2,000 employed,[3] by which time it had expanded to the canning of fruits and vegetables. Libby's came under the control of Swift & Company in the 1920s, but later became independent again. One of the best known executives of Libby's was Charles Scott Bridges who in 1947 was made a director of the company and in 1953 became Libby's president and chief executive officer. Libby's expanded and modernized during his presidency, including extensive production of frozen foods.

By 1960 Libby's had 9,000 employees and annual revenues of $296 million, and ranked 154th in size among U.S. corporations.

In the 1970s, Libby's had a successful television advertising campaign featuring their jingle, "When it says Libby's Libby's Libby's on the label, label, label, you will like it, like it, like it, on your table, table, table.".[4]


Libby, McNeill & Libby was acquired by Nestlé in 1976.[5]

In 1982, Libby's canned vegetable business was acquired by S.S. Pierce (now Seneca Foods) and its canned fruits business was acquired by California Canners and Growers; Seneca later acquired the canned fruit business[6][7] Niagara Trading Company acquired a license for the Libby's name on canned pineapple in 1983.[8][9] ConAgra acquired the canned meats division in 1998. In 2010, Tequesta Foods acquired the Libby's license for nectars and in 2014 for creamers and macaroni-and-cheese. Corlib Brand Holding is the owner of the Libby's trademark since the early 2000s.[10]

NTC Marketing acquired the Libby's licenses for pineapple and tropical fruits in 1983 and juices in 2009. NTC Marketing is based in Buffalo, New York.[11]

Before and after World War II, Libby's had canning operations outside the United States in Belgium and France, at Leer in northern Germany, and in the United Kingdom.

In 2015 Peaty Mills plc. acquired the Libby’s brand rights for preserved foods in the UK, Eire and Portugal with the exceptions of Corned Beef, Pumpkin and Fruit Juices. The brand rights for Fruit Juice in the UK are held by Refresco.

Libby's trademark in Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal is owned by Establecimientos Industriales Archipiélago S.A.[12] just for Canary Islands, they sell fruit juices, catsup sauce and apple soda.

Libby's also owned Juicy Juice; they sold it to Nestlé in the 2000s.

2009 canned pumpkin shortage[edit]

In November 2009, Libby's announced that because of poor weather on its Illinois pumpkin farms and a depleted back stock, a canned pumpkin shortage was likely as Thanksgiving approached. Libby's accounts for the vast majority of canned pumpkin production in the United States, and the shortfall prompted Libby's to establish farms in multiple states as a hedge against another mass shortage like the one that happened in 2009.[13]


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